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News From
The Coalition, Inc.


News  From

The  Coalition, Inc.

Friday 27 February 2009

Volume 3, Number 23

The Coalition, Inc.  Board of Directors

Gary R. Adams,  President

John E. Churchville,  Treasurer

Yvonne Haughton,  Secretary


Josephine Blow,  Patricia Coyne, Stanley Daniels, Tom Henry, Calvin Johnson, Angela Mohammed,  Abdul Malik Raheem

Table of content

For Our Children … 02

This Week … 08

Employment and  Training Opportunities … 13

Health Matters …18

Green Piece … 23

Grants,  Scholarships  & Instruction… 26

SpotLight … 35

Arts for Awareness …  36

Coming Up …37

Computers and  Technology … 39

A Hand Up … 41

On The Airways … 42






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If you realize  that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to. If you  are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve.
Lao Tzu
















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The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are  perpetuated by quotations…

Benjamin Disraeli




































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Volunteers are still needed to help organize the first  INTER-FAITH COMMUNITY
 SURVIVAL SUMMIT to be held in the city of Philadelphia. For information or to  volunteer or register as a representative for your place of worship, call  215.387.2734 or email:















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To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality  because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.
William  Faulkner










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Submit  your own humor, and let our readers know how funny you can be. We definitely  need the help. ; )

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HOME TRAINING n. colloq.,  Africak American. 1. The education, instruction, or discipline of a person in  accepted mores or values. 2. Possessing behavior that is reflective of proper  rearing. 3. Correct breeding. Synonyms
 : good manners; proper breeding; polite behavior; Antonyms: rude; impolite;  without culture or refinement. – From Basic Black: Home Training for Modern  Times



















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While I know myself as a  creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone  else and everything else are also God's creation.
Maya Angelou




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Since every effort  in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a  being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to  one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other.  Emma  Goldman






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The learned fool writes nonsense in better language that the  unlearned - but it's still nonsense... Benjamin Franklin


















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My experience has been in a  short 77 years... that in the end when you fight for a desperate cause and  have good reasons to fight, you usually win.
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"Work like you don't need the money, love like you've  never been hurt, and dance like no one is watching."
     --Satchel Paige








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Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for  execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled  business.
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We will be SpotLighting members and organizations. If you wish  to have your organization spotlighted, forward to us information on your  primary mission, your current projects and/or how you would want other  members of The Coalition, Inc. to be involved. Many of us are already being a  support to one another, but there is plenty of room for improvement.














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The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure  and the intelligent are full of doubt.
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Don't  wait for your ship to come in. Row out to meet it.
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Word Of The Week

pecuniary \pih-KYOO-nee-air-ee\, 1.  Relating to money; monetary. 2. Consisting of money. 3.  Requiring payment of money.


Greetings Coalition Family!


Although our initial intent was to have fewer sites for  this year’s Week of Peace observation, it seems we will have more sites than  last year’s number ten. We applaud those of you who have stepped up to offer  your sites and participation in this annual event, which seems to have  impacted the community positively. According to the Philadelphia Police  Department, crime has been down during our events. All the credit goes to  those local groups who put this thing together every year.

There is still time if your group or organization wishes  to be represented at one or more of the sites (to be listed in a future  edition).


Another autobiographical piece for Black History Month on  page 14, check it out.


Due to the length of some of the announcements, some will  be detailed in our group The Coalition, Inc. Group  as will be noted. Thank you for your continued support.


We want to hear  from you! The Coalition, Inc. website is open! This is our website,  let us build it together! Let us know what you think.  





"A  hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend  on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in  order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still  receiving." Albert Einstein







Foster Parent (Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania)


Looking for single  or married couples who do not have any children

living in their  home- ethnic diversity desired; must be MATURE---to

work with older  adolescent boys.

The qualified  applicants will be people who have their own home

and have a heart  for children;

will be able to  provide a safe, warm and supportive environment;

must have a sense  of humor; know how to laugh and have fun; must be of sound mind and judgment;  

must be able to  attend monthly mandatory training and

must be able to  work with others.

You will be the  primary care-giver(s) responsible for the medical, educational, social and  therapeutic needs of the youth living in your home.

Potential  applicants must be able to possess clean clearances; including criminal  record check, child abuse and FBI clearances.

All applicants must  be able to attend monthly mandatory training.

Applicant's  schedule will need to be flexible enough to allow for accompanying youth to  various weekly appointments.


Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Compensation: $700.00 bi-weekly stipend

This is a contract job.

Reply to Email:

Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job  poster.

Please do not contact job poster about other services,  products or

commercial interests.

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In Philadelphia, and listed on the  website,

there are so many  resources for families in need that it is sometimes overwhelming to cover  many of the issues that our families face as we try to link families in need  with the social service agencies that serve them.

To help, under the  Resource tab,  , we have added Cap4Kids Parent Questionnaires that you can post in your  office, exam rooms, schools, and community centers to let families know what  issues we can help them with in their community.


Daniel R. Taylor, D.O., FAAP

Assistant Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City Administrator Cap4Kids

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Front and Erie

Philadelphia, PA 19134

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by American Cities  Foundation.

Sixty 11th &  12th grade students gain “job readiness” training, especially for the “Green  Job” sector.

Students will work  two hours per day, four days/week


March 09, - May 01,  2009

American Cities  Foundation also seeks businesses to host students.  Cost to businesses is only the time spent mentoring.  “This is a small investment cost for  assisting with a program that will shape and develop a significant portion of  the 21st century workforce, regardless of the industry of the business”, says  Program Director Alexander Houston.

Apply: 215-476-8091  ext. 112.



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Last  Call for Applications for


Deadline for 2009  Applications

February 28, 2009

Do you know a young  environmentalist aged 8-16

who deserves to be  recognized with a cash prize???

A young person you  know could be a 2009 Eco-Hero!

Guidelines and  Applications available at

or by emailing

Read about last  year's winners at

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Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library


Video Game Day -  March 3

Video Game Day  features Wii, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. TEENS you can play Super Smash  Bros. Melee, Guitar Hero, DDR and more!!!


To join the Teen  Advisory Committee or for more info about Teen Tuesdays, call or email me,  Aurora Sanchez 215.686.5415 or


Teen Tuesdays

Parkway Central Library

19th & Vine St

4th floor at 3:30


Aurora V. Sanchez

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

215.686.5415 (Teen Outreach and voicemail)

215.686.5372 (Teen Author Series)

215.686.3628 (f)

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Introducing the Official  MWM "Lil Sistahs" Program

A Powerful and  Unique Sistahood for

All Girls of  African Descent Ages 7-18


Offering Sessions  to Nurture, Protect, Guide, Support, and Raise Up the Spirit, Beauty, and  Greatness of the "Mother of Civilization"

(The Original Black  Woman)

and Her/Our  Daughters


Registration and  Introduction Sessions will be taking place in Philly, New York, New Jersey,  & Delaware during the months of February and March 2009


For more  information e-mail:  or tune into the "Nu Day Resurrection  and Liberation" talk radio program each Saturday evening 10:30 PM-12  midnight EST

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City offers respite to parents of  children with MH issues

The Philadelphia  Department of Behavioral Health is offering a children’s respite program for  parents who have a child or children ages 6-16 receiving mental health  services and who need a Saturday afternoon, a full day or an overnight off.

There are two  programs to choose from.  A Saturday  afternoon respite program is offered at Boys and Girls Clubs in four  different areas of the city from noon-5pm.   All participants receive a free membership to the Boys and Girls Club.  

The Family Care  Respite Program matches children with an appropriate foster family who will  provide weekend respite services. The respite families are trained, licensed  and have all state required child serving clearances.  Children can stay a full day, overnight or  for the weekend. 

Pre-registration is  required for both programs. 

To request  additional information and a registration form call 215-685-4734 or  215-685-4746 or 215-685-5502.

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In Philadelphia there are many latchkey children,  children without role models, sedentary children, and Generation I (internet)  children spending hours in front of a screen (TV and/or computer). ALL of  these children have hidden or untapped talents and potential.


The After School Program handout  on Cap4Kids  lists hundreds of activities to help children and teens realize their  potentials and at the same time decrease their risk taking behaviors. From  Squash to Tennis, Horse Back Riding to Training for Marathons, Mural Art  making to Music recording.


The programs are many and the need is many.  PLEASE help families in need find specific activities that interest our  children and use the Cap4Kids After School handout to help bridge the gap  between families in need and the social service agencies that serve them.




Daniel R. Taylor,  D.O., FAAP

Assistant  Professor Drexel University College of Medicine

Director Community  Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

City Administrator  Cap4Kids 

St. Christopher's  Hospital for Children

Front and Erie

Philadelphia, PA  19134

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You Have Something On Your Mind?

Being a teen isn’t  easy these days. If you need someone to talk to about issues that are  important to you...

Visit a Youth of Promise Drop-In Counseling  Center

You can get  on-the-spot advice from trained professionals who care and understand OR get  information about other local counseling services.


Also: Check out our  

After School Enrichment Program

Enrolling  Now!

Youth 10 – 16!

·       Get help with your homework

·       Learn conflict resolution skills

·       Receive adolescent healthy decision-making

·       Get counseling around issues important to you

·       Learn new computer skills

·       Have a nutritious dinner

·       Play games and have fun


Turning the Tide

Taylor  Tabernacle Church

425 So. 61st  Street, 2nd Fl.

Philadellphia, PA  19143




Myers  Recreational Center

5800 Kingsessing  Avenue

Philadelphia, PA  19143


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This program  provides parents with access to Familet, a computer service that allows  parents to track their children’s grades and test scores and to access  educational resources.

The program offers  parents training on how to access and use these services.

The School District  of Philadelphia has arrangements with several computer dealers to offer  parents who need a computer or internet access hardware and software at a  discounted price.

For  more information call: 215.701.6507


Parenting: a tough Task!


Confident Parents =  Confident Kids


Please join us to:

·       Learn and share, techniques for being a confident  parent

·       Share your knowledge with other parents

·       Discuss your concerns

·       Listen to guest speakers on a variety of topics


Some subjects and  questions we will discuss and find answers to are:


   When my child  does …………. What do I do?

   Boundaries:  Setting Limits – Establishing and enforcing family rules

   What is the  difference between discipline and punishment?

   Forms of effective discipline

   What is ADHD?

   How do I  recognize a drug problem?

   Health care  needs

   What is child  abuse/neglect?

   Where do I go  for help?

   How can I work  effectively with my school to get my child’s needs          met?




When: Thursday evenings 6 PM – 8 PM


Where: Presbyterian Children’s’ Village

6517 Chester Avenue 19142


To register, or get more information, contact:

Ms. Lauretta Keeys 215.730.2247


A light dinner will  be served

Tokens for  transportation

Child care for up  to 2 children per family

Bring a friend

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Online resources  for parents:,,


This Week…


Help us celebrate…

Frederick Douglass’s 191st Birthday


? Date: Sat., February 28

? Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

? Place: 2231 N. Broad Street

African American United Fund Conference Center

? RSVP by calling 215.236.1878


Children aged 3-12  invited, games, refreshments served

Special Guest  Appearance by “Frederick Douglass”

Youth Essay  readings from Art and Education Program youth

Cost: $5.00  (scholarships available)


Uptown  Entertainment & Development Corp.

African American  United Fund ? Marcus Garvey Books


2227 N. Broad  Street ? Philadelphia, PA 19132

215.236.1878 p  ?215.236.9077 f



Aissia Richardson,  President

African American  United Fund

2227 N. Broad  Street

Philadelphia, PA  19132-4502

215.236.2100 p

215.236.9077 f


"Change means movement. Movement  means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract  world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of  conflict." Saul Alinsky

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Sign Up for  the


Young Women’s  LeadershipAcademy


Six Saturdays  from


April 4, 2009  through May 9, 2009


9 am– 12 pm


Students will be  exposed to:


Ø       Training  on  Proper Hygiene and Etiquette


Ø       Training  on  Maintaining Good Health and  Developing a Positive  Attitude


Ø       Career  Awareness and Job Etiquette Training


Ø       Sex  Education  


Ø       Rites  of  Passage Program




Application  Deadline: February 27, 2009




For additional  information please call 215-552-8720

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30th Annual Minority Health Conference:

"Our World, Our Community:

Building Bridges for Health  Equality"


Please join us for  the Internet and satellite broadcast of the 11th Annual William T. Small, Jr.  Keynote Lecture, by Barbara Wallace, Ph.D., professor of health education at  Columbia University's Teachers College, on Friday, February 27, 2009 at  2pm-3:30pm EST.  The lecture is the  highlight of the 30th Annual UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health  Minority Health Conference, presented by the School's Minority Student Caucus  on that day.  The broadcast will include  a live call-in question-and-answer session with Dr. Wallace.


For information  about the broadcast (and the full day's Conference at UNC's William and Ida  Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill), please visit  (If you wish to attend in person, it may  still be possible to register.  If you  will be in Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, or New Orleans, be sure to  see below, "New This Year".)


- Webcast  information (Keynote Lecture only):


- Satellite  broadcast information (Keynote Lecture only):


- Read viewer  comments from past William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture


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Colleges  Set Asset Development Conference


The Philadelphia  Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, a consortium of 36  colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area, will hold its  2009 annual conference on

Friday, February  27th at

Chestnut Hill  College in Philadelphia.


PHENND works to  build the capacity of its member institutions to develop mutually beneficial,  sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. The  consortium actively seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and  foster civic responsibility among the region's colleges and universities.


The theme of this  year’s conference is financial asset development.  The conference will cover topics such as Volunteer Income Tax  Assistance, public benefits campaign, financial education and much more. All  of these topics are things needed to help low-income communities become  financially self-sufficient and the conference will focus on how colleges and  universities can play a role in this process.


The keynote speaker  for the conference will be Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont  College.  Gross has had a long and  distinguished career as an academic and community development leader. For  more than two decades, she was a Professor of Law at New York Law School  where she specialized in consumer finance and over-indebtedness.


In addition, she  was, until recently, the President and CEO of an educational non-profit  organization that designs, implements and studies programs to improve the  financial literacy skills of consumers called The Coalition for Consumer  Bankruptcy Debtor Education.


Workshops to be  held at the conference include Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in the  Delaware Valley, Financial Education Opportunities at VITA Sites,  Philadelphia Food Stamp Enrollment Campaign, Financial Education Clubs for  College Campuses, Foreclosures in Philadelphia, The Benefit Bank &  National Student Partnerships Model, and the Workforce Development  Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.

Registration fees  range from $25 to $50.


Click HERE  for more information and registration.

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You’re Invited!


Please join Rep.  Babette Josephs for an information session about the economy and its impact  on the state budget.



With special guest,  Sharon Ward, Director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center

Wednesday, March 4,  2009

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Community College  of Philadelphia

Center for Business  and Industry

18th and Callowhill

Lecture Hall, Room  C-228

Philadelphia, PA


Feel free to  circulate this announcement.


For additional  information, please contact the office of State Representative Babette  Josephs’ office at 215-893-1515.


Ed Schwartz,  Institute for the Study of Civic Values, 1218 Chestnut St.,

Rm. 702,  Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 215-238-1434


ISCV web site:

Also Check out


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Advertise in the March  edition of

The Black Professionals News.


Business card size ads are  just $35.00!! Reach over 5000 readers per month.

email  for more information.

Other business and  social events listed in ‘The Coalition, Inc.’ group


Host: Earl Harvey  and Rhonda Yancy

Every Last Friday  of The Month Old School Mt. Airy Groove Party

Location : PHILLY'S  PLATINUM GRILLE Market Square Shopping Plaza

7719 Crittenden St.  @ Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia, PA 19118


When: Friday,  February 27th   Time: 9:30 PM  - 2 AM      Phone: 215-247-2312 for information





Philadelphia Youth Network WorkReady  Summer Internships:

Do you have a  child, family member or friend who is or know a high school student? The City  of Philadelphia will host Philadelphia high school students in part-time paid  internships for six weeks over the summer.   Please visit our website for  program and application materials.

Best Regards,

The Office of  Leadership Investment


Stephanie  Tipton                Dominique  Aubry                Tara Mohr


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Nursing Program/free tuition

If you know of  anyone between 18-28 years old, interested

in the Nursing  field,

University of the  District of Columbia (UDC) is offering

FREE tuition, FREE  books, a $250 monthly stipend, and guaranteed

job placement as a  nurse at Providence Hospital upon graduation (it's a 3 year program) with a  starting salary of $40,000.

The program is  recruiting new students now!!

Please contact Ms.  Beshon Smith (202) 266-5481 or





Janice Curington  Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs

and Advising  E-mail:

Phone: (215)  898-6341 FAX: (215) 573-2023

College of Arts and  Sciences

University of  Pennsylvania

120 Cohen Hall

249 South 36th  Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104-6304

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Free  Auto Repair Training & Job Placement Assistance


Philadelphia  Automotive Training is now offering an opportunity to train with a NAPA  CERTIFIED PROGRAM inside one of the Largest

Independent  Automobile Repair Shops in Philadelphia


FREE 10 week  Accelerated Auto Repair Training and Employment Placement to Philadelphia  residents (male and female), 18 years or older. Must have a valid PA Driver's  License.


Upon completion of  the course, Philadelphia Automotive Training will give graduates $2,500.00  worth of tools and a tool cart to get started in their new career. 

Unlimited  opportunities to receive PA State & Enhanced Emissions



Course information  and outline available in our Google group at:

The Coalition, Inc. Group


For more  information or to attend the Next Assessment Session Contact:

Philadelphia  Automotive Training

7446 Ogontz Avenue,  Philadelphia, PA 19138

215-805-1543 or  215-424-2331




As promised, we are featuring bio’s and auto bio’s of local folk who  made many sacrifices to challenge the corrupt systems they encountered.


A brief biography of Butch Cottman

Soldier, Scholar, Organizer, Planner,  Issue analyst, Policy analyst & fair judge of hunting dogs.


I am 65 years old, a graduate of Edison High School in  Philadelphia. Class of 1962, a Regular army veteran of the war in Southeast  Asia (Airborne, Recon, Calvary) and the father of three fine, strapping,  rowdy black women.

Until I was eleven years old I  was raised by family members in rural North Carolina and fully expected to  spend my life as a field hand, before moving to Philadelphia in the  mid-nineteen fifties.

The civil rights movement and  black liberation movement changed all that by giving me a glimpse of how the  world could be remade according to the will of formerly powerless communities  to permanently overthrow their oppressors. My military experience gave me a  glimpse of my usefulness in our struggle and a desperate need to serve  suffering people.

I have worked many years as a radical political, community  & trade union organizer. I am absolutely committed to encouraging and  preparing the poor wherever I find them to understand, advocate, organize and  govern in the best interests of their own communities.


I was active in the UAW at Strick Trailer Corporation in  the mid sixties where the constant speed-ups and union leaderships’  subservience to management made working conditions brutal.


As a union laborer I was active in organizing for the  elections that ended the Federal trusteeship of ‘Laborers Local 332’ in the  late sixties.


I was a member of ‘the Black Political Forum’ from 1970  until 1975. The BPF lead the movement for Black independent electoral  organizing in the Delaware valley.

I was an organizer of the Black Political Convention in  1970.


I was an associate of the United Progressives, as well as  member of the Northwest Political Caucus and the Philadelphia delegation to  the Pennsylvania Black Assembly’ from 1971 through 1975.


During this period I helped organize the independent  electoral campaigns of Hardy Williams for Mayor, George McGovern for  President, David P. Richardson & John White Jr. for the State house of Representatives,  George French for City Council, Ben Johnson for the State Senate and Dorothy  Perrine for the State House.


I was a founding member of ‘the Black Political Cadre for  Social Change’ and ‘Black Political Study for Social Change’ in 1975.


I  was involved in organizing the Philadelphia Black Political Conventions in  1979 & 1980. I was an organizer and treasurer of the founding convention  of the National Black Political Party in 1981 and a member of its Central  Committee in 1982 & 83.


Through 1982 I served on the advisory committee of NARMIC (National  Action Research on the Military Industrial Complex) a project of the American  Friends Service Committee


Because  of lessons learned during this period I have worked on a number of projects  involving the development of principled leadership for the Black Community.


I  was the Delaware Valley Coordinator in 1983 for the twentieth Anniversary  March on Washington DC were we mobilized a delegation of twenty thousand.


I was the last Chairperson of the Delaware Valley Housing  Coalition in 1993/94 the coalition organized the collective advocacy  campaigns of homeless advocates and tenant organizations that confronted  government and real estate interests regarding housing for the poor.


I am past President of the Board of Directors of the ‘Southwest  Germantown Neighborhood Partnership’ a community organization that  represented the interests of low & moderate income residents in community  development planning & development activity.


I am a board member of The ‘Central Germantown Council’  which aspires to lead the revitalization of the central Germantown business  district, and a member of ‘Reconstruction’ CDC an ex-offender advocacy and  membership support organization that organizes and serves ex-offenders, their  families and communities.


I am a Co-founder Since 2006 of the Philadelphia  Community Institute for Africana Studies an archival, educational and  research foundation created to retrieve, preserve, analyze and share the  history of progressive activism in the Delaware Valley over the past fifty  years in order to facilitate the development of principled leadership for the  Black Community. We aspire to consolidate the ‘Institute for African American  Development’ as a permanent source of leadership development and policy  analysis in the Philadelphia area.

The focus of my work in every environment I have found  myself has been the development of principled, independent leadership.


I am an unrepentant Marxist-Leninist whose practice is  primarily in the service of the Black poor.


I hope this gives a useful picture of my political history  and development.




                               23 February 2009

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Juneteenth, or the  "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when  Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the  Southwest. This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States  following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half  years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham  Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former  slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day  Celebration and the oldest African-American holiday observance.


Juneteenth is now  recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in Texas, Oklahoma,  Florida, Delaware, Idaho, Alaska, Iowa, California, Wyoming, Missouri,  Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Colorado, Arkansas,  Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee,  Massachusetts, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Carolina and Vermont. In  2003, the District of Columbia passed legislation to recognize Juneteenth as  a district holiday observance. Many more states, including Utah, Alabama,  South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Montana, Wisconsin and Maryland have recognized  Juneteenth through state legislative resolutions, Gubernatorial Proclamations  and current state holiday observance legislation.


"Dr. Myers is  also the leader of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign," states  Wilma Newton. "We wlll have petitions available at the reception for  everyone to send to President Barack Obama to make Juneteenth a National  Holiday Observance in America. The public is invited to come out and be a  part of history."


For more  information contact Wilma Newton at 918-781-9248, web site:  or e-mail:  .


For information on  the WASHINGTON JUNETEENTH 2009 National Holiday Observance and the National  Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, call Dr. Myers at 662-247-3364, or 662-247-1471;  e-mail: web sites: , , and

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See  BBC’s World Service Special “Story Of Africa”




The Annual Wellness Breakfast for Men


The Wellness of You,

a community health  resource organization, will host its signature event,

The Annual Wellness  Breakfast for Men, on


March 15th. 

The event, in its  11th year, is a gathering where men can discuss health conditions and  treatments specific to them.

 A free breakfast will be served and expert  speakers in urology, geriatrics, nutrition and complimentary medicine will be  on site. 

HIV testing  provided by BEBASHI as well as blood  pressure and glucose screenings courtesy of Thomas Jefferson University  Hospital Dept. of Community Health will also be available.

The breakfast will  take place from

9am-1pm at the

Universal Institute  Charter School,

1415 Catherine  Street in

South Philadelphia.

Seating is limited.

To register for  this free event, go HERE  or call 215-732-1372.

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The Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI),

in collaboration with the

Center for Health Equity  Research and Promotion (CHERP),

is launching our 2008/2009  speaker series -Unnatural Causes: Exploring Health Inequalities through the  PBS Series (see schedule here).  Each  event within the series will include a viewing of a segment of the PBS  documentary (read more about the series at  and a keynote speaker who will discuss the  introduced topic.


Wednesday, March  4th

Irvine Auditorium,  Amado Recital Room

3401 Spruce Street

4:00 – 5:30pm



Unnatural Causes  Part 6: “Not Just a Paycheck”




Join Dr. Ichiro  Kawachi, a noted social epidemiologist who is featured in this episode, as he  elaborates upon the public health consequences of unemployment in the United  States.


Keynote Speaker


Ichiro Kawachi, MD  Phd


Professor of Social  Epidemiology

Chair of the  Department of Society, Human Development and Health

Harvard School of  Public Health

Senior  Investigator, National Children’s Study, CHOP Study Center


The Philadelphia  School and Community Partnerships list ( is comprised  of school and community members in Philadelphia that work with health issues  (mental and physical)

as they relate to  pests and pesticides.

For more  information about the PSCIP list, contact Michelle Niedermeier

( in the Penn State Philadelphia  Outreach Center.

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Climb  the Tower


Ready to be  challenged? For over 38 million Americans suffering from chronic lung  disease, just taking a single breath can be a challenge.

The American Lung  Association of Pennsylvania is hosting a one-day stair climb event.  Participants will be going vertical in the Bell Atlantic Tower building in  downtown Philadelphia. On Saturday morning, March 21st, participants will  start just twenty seconds apart and scale 1,088 steps up. Once at the top,  they will be able to enjoy a stunning view of the Philadelphia skyline and a  party filled with great food, beverages, music and an awards ceremony.


Join fellow ICON  members in this event!


Even if you are  unable to participate, you can still help us raise funds here:



Saturday, 3/21/2009

7:30am Registration

8:30am Climb Begins



Bell Atlantic Tower

1717 Arch Street

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Vegetarianism  (101) For  Beginners and Holistic Living


Being a Vegetarian is, for  many, an incredible life altering experience, a spiritually fulfilling  journey, and way of life.

While there is no one  way to begin or to maintain this centuries old life style and discipline,  there are of course many ways to help make the transition less difficult,  more pleasurable, and a tool for further enlightenment.


If you have thought  about becoming a Vegetarian (no meat, but dairy, and/or poultry or no meat,  dairy, or poultry),

but did not know  where to start, then we're got just the thing for you


Vegetarianism and  Holistic Living For Beginners


Classes Now  Available at:

Pier 1 Cafe'  located at 4505 Baltimore Ave. (Philly, PA)

Starting February  24, 2009     6:30 - 8:30 P.M.

Class Fee:  $12.00 per session      ($18.00 with great Vegetarian meal)


Vegetarianism  (101) For Beginners and Holistic Living  Class Includes:

How To Begin

Types of  Vegetarianism

Fundamental Philosophies  and Universal Concepts

Process of  Elimination

What To Expect

Breaking Food  Related Habits, Addictions, & Adverse Programming

Introduction into  Whole and Natural Foods

The Use of  Vegetarianism for Weight Control

Real and Generic  Foods: Know The Difference

Where and How To  Purchase Foods

Grains and Legumes

Protein and Meat  Alternatives

Disease Caused by  Eating Flesh

Food Combination

Basic Food  Preparation

Raising A  Vegetarian Child

Holistic/Healthier  More Harmonious Living


To register or for  more information call: 267-636-3802 or e-mail:


Additional classes  ( Raw Foods, Alkaline Foods, Aromatherapy, Herbalogy, Natural Foods Cooking,  and others) will be offered starting in March 2009

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Winter 2009 Classes  & Workshops

The Ausar Auset  Society is a pan-African religious organization dedicated to the spiritual  development and physical health of people of African descent. Teachings are  based on the ancient Kamitic (Egyptian) systems of spiritual cultivation.




Meditation  Fundamentals

11am – 12pm


Learn how to master  the basic techniques of meditation to improve your health, marriage, career,  relationships, etc. This course instructs students on methods of tapping into  the Indwelling Intelligence to make improvements in one’s character, health,  wealth, social conditions, and general well being.


Qi Cultivation: The  Essence of Health & Healing 12pm – 1pm

Everything you want  to achieve in life requires energy. Goals often go unfulfilled due to lack of  vitality. This class will teach the principles and practices for improving  your physical health, which is the prerequisite for greater wealth and  prosperity. Learn holistic, common sense approaches to improving your health  and vitality including optimal diet, vitamin supplementation, and herbal  formulas.


Ebster Recreation  Center

404 W. Trinity  Place in downtown Decatur, GA

(two blocks from  the Decatur MARTA Station; free parking is available behind the police  station)

For registration  and more information, call 678-701-8011 or

e-mail us at

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Personal Trainer Stephanie G.

Will host classes for older adults and  seniors

EVERY WEDNESDAY ~ 10am - 11am.


FREE screening and educational information


No matter how old you are, exercise can  improve your quality of life

and you don't have to spend a lot of time  doing it to see and feel

improvements. Older adults and seniors need  to engage in cardio,

strength training and flexibility exercises  to stay healthy and

maintain as much strength and functionality  as possible.


Location: Camphor Memorial United Methodist  Church

5620 Wyalusing Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Time:  10am - 11am




FREE screening and educational information.


Questions please call the church at:  215-747-2600


Cost: $3.00


Contact: Raveena Media Group 267-386-8204  ext. 2 or





Win $5,000!


Sustainable  video competition  Invites Sustainable Living Ideas

Deadline: March 1,  2009 , an online community  for sustainable living, has issued a global call for personal green  solutions. The Just Do One organization invites ideas for more sustainable  living summarized in short YouTube-style videos.  The organization will share the entries online, and the best  video entry, as judged by an expert panel, will win $5,000.

Video entries may  be up to three minutes in length. Entries will be accepted until March 1,  2009. Winners will be announced April 1, 2009, in time for media coverage  leading up to Earth Day.

RFP Link:


For additional RFPs  in Environment, visit:

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What to do In Your  Community,

March 19, 2009

6pm Academy of  Natural Sciences,

19th & Pkwy

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March 21st  and April 18th


"Expert advice  + free energy kit (efficient light bulbs, shower heads, weather-stripping,  etc). Stay warmer this winter, help the environment, prepare for the  expiration of PECO's rate caps!

PECO Financial  Education Center,

4027 Market St.

Register: Shawn  McGeth at 215-307-4917.


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On November 4,  2008, the voters of Philadelphia approved an

amendment to the  Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to create a new

unified Department  of Parks and Recreation.

On July 1, 2009,  the new Department will be established, the Fairmount Park Commission will  cease to exist, and a Commission on Parks and Recreation will be created,  with new and substantial responsibilities. Mayor Nutter will make the  appointments from a list of nominees submitted by City

Council after a  public hearing at which all applicants will have a

chance to speak.

You must submit an  Application by March 9 to be considered.  for a PDF version of the Application.  to

download a  Microsoft Word version of the Application onto your

computer. You can  then complete the Application on your computer

before submitting  it.

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In April

(science teacher  high school or college).

To apply: resume +  2-3 paragraphs on reasons for wanting to take this course.

Course limited to  10 participants.  Stipend.  Apply: 

by March 15, 2009

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"10,000 copies  of our biggest and best directory ever. They are a great resource for both  business people and consumers."   We are happy to supply you with Member Directories!


To make a request,  call Rowan Spivey, Membership Coordinator at 215-922-7400 ext. 3# or send an  e- mail to

Please tell her how  many directories you want

(they come in boxes  of 100)

and whether you can  pick them up at the office.

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Green  Economy

House of Umoja Green Peace Project


Program Overview:

The HOU program is designed to encourage  at-risk youths to engage in civic and entrepreneurial activities that provide  exposure to the principles of a green economy. The “Green  Peace Project” promotes an  environment that demonstrably shows the correlation between; preservation and  responsibility; and economic development and community esteem. The program  seeks as a mission to establish a multitude of gardens throughout the city of  Philadelphia, utilizing discarded or dysfunctional space. The land is  cultivated and developed to yield marketable provisions and provide  communities healthy options. The gardens include seating areas and sculptured  universal peace symbols to provide communities with peaceful eco-friendly  space. The program advances the proposition of using community-connectivity  to spur economic growth and progress.



The three-month series teaches  participants; the study of pedology; the tenets of agriculture;  entrepreneurial dexterity; and community prosperity. Participants will gain  knowledge in self-sufficiency, self-determination, ethics and business.



Urban Agriculture

50% of the world’s population lives in  cities.

800 million people are involved in urban  agriculture worldwide and contribute to feeding urban residents.

Low-income urban dwellers spend between 40%  and 60% of their income on food each year.

By 2015 about 26 cities in the world are  expected to have a population of 10 million or more. To feed a city of this  size – at least 6000 tons of food must be imported each day.


Contact House Of Umoja 215.473.5892

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For sustainable enterprise go to Green Jobs Philly

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Even if you do not  have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does,  pass this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to  mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have  donated moneys for scholarship use to African Americans, a great deal of the  money is being returned because of a lack of interest.


No one is going to  knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship.


Take the initiative  to get your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to  donating companies because we fail to apply for it.


Please pass this  information on to family members, nieces, nephews, and friends with children  etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college  student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful  additional money can be.

Our youth really could use these scholarships. Thanks!!


For a list of  scholarships please visit our group ‘The Coalition, Inc.’

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ReStore Retail Grants


Deadline Friday,  February 27, 2009.  Application  available only from The Merchants Fund.  CLICK  HERE


The goal of this  funding is to assist with capital costs of fitting out and equipping interior  spaces for new and upgraded retail uses consistent with strategy of the  neighborhood commercial corridors.


*     Make corridors more welcoming places to  spend time and money

*     Support effective corridor management  organizations

*     Focus planning and data analysis on  strengthening the economic viability of corridors.

*     Align and leverage community economic  development resources.

*     Develop a system to attract and retain  businesses on corridors.


Core Requirements:


Preference shall be  given to those projects that meet the following criteria, as determined by  TMF:


*     Desirability  of type of business, as indicated by corridor strategy or community plan  (required);

*     Demonstrated  financial need (required);

*     Substantial  job creation or maintenance notably for ex-offenders, welfare-to-work  clients, new college graduates looking to settle in Philadelphia;

*     Supporting  start-up or expansion of disadvantaged businesses;

*     Blight  elimination;

*      Pedestrian-oriented design which conforms to existing CDC design  criteria including respect for historic building attributes;

*     Demonstrable  involvement of minority, women and disabled business owners, suppliers and/or  contractors (MWDBE);

*     The potential  for the business to succeed as demonstrated by past performance (existing  business) or the business plan (new business);

*     The potential  to enhance foot traffic and commerce for co-located businesses on the  corridor-a keystone business;

*     Enhancement  of a heritage business- a family-owned and operated company which is  committed to the next generation and a renewed business paradigm for the 21st  Century;

*     Demonstration  of an e-commerce strategy where applicable;

*     Sustainable,  green strategies, sensitivity and commitment: diminished waste or pollution,  better use of energy, local sourcing, recycled products, recycled building  products, etc;

*     Each business  model will be tested for viability against appropriate industry standards.


The Enterprise  Center | 4548 Market Street | Philadelphia | PA | 19139

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Asociacion  Puertorriqueno en Marcha

holds annual  leadership luncheon

Asociacion Puertorriqueno en Marcha

will hold its 2009  Leadership Luncheon on

Monday, March 2nd.

Join leaders in the  areas of health, human services and community development as APM shares its

2008 Annual Report  and vision for the future.

The luncheon will  take place from

12 noon- 1:30pm at

Tierra Colombiana  Restaurant,

4535 N. 5th Street,


RSVP by email or call 267-296-7370.

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Local  Church Seeks Proposals to Fund Community Projects


Do you or your  organization have an idea how to help your neighbors in these difficult  economic times but need a small grant to get your idea moving? First United Methodist Church of  Germantown (FUMCOG) is looking to support projects that promote social  justice and peace in the local community. By setting aside our Easter  offering, we hope to award several small grants of a few hundred to a few thousand  dollars to help facilitate worthy community endeavors.


All proposals are  welcome and are reviewed by a committee of church members. Selection criteria  in awarding grants include the size of the population to be served, the  nature of the services provided, and expected benefits to the community.


Grants from  previous Easter and Christmas collections have been awarded on a  nondenominational basis to a diverse group of applicants for a wide variety  of causes. Monies from the recent Christmas Collection were used to: assist  home repairs for senior citizens, support breast health in underserved  neighborhoods, help address the racial achievement gap in the city, and to  help promote healthier eating in some of the Philadelphia schools.


Application forms  can be obtained by calling the office of First United Methodist Church of  Germantown at (215) 438-3677, or request a form online at


For consideration,  completed proposals must be returned to the church office at 6001 Germantown  Ave., no later than Friday, March 13, 2009. Organizations with non-profit  tax-exempt status should include a copy of their 501-3c certification.

Recipients will be  notified of their selection by April 3rd. Funds should be awarded by early  May.

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2009 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants  Administration

The National Institutes of  Health (NIH) would like to inform you of an exciting opportunity to  participate in the 2009 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants  Administration.  These seminars are  held only twice a year and are intended to help demystify the application and  review process, clarify federal regulations and policies, and highlight  current areas of special interest or concern.  Approximately 25 leading policy, program, and grants management  officials from NIH and HHS will share their expertise and guidance.


In conjunction with the 2-day seminar, the NIH is  offering attendees the option of participating in eRA Computer Workshops  designed to provide hands-on experience in utilizing the eRA Commons for  administrators and investigators.  The  workshops are geared towards administrators, principal investigators and  assistants with little or no eSubmission or eRA Commons experience and focus  on how to use the electronic systems to facilitate application/grant  administration.  However, space is  limited.

If you miss out on  the opportunity to attend the workshops, don't fret...eRA staff will be on  hand throughout the 2-day seminar at the eRA booth, during breaks &  meals, and much of the material will be presented as part of the seminar  itself.  Early registration is highly  recommended.


Except for a visit  to NIH, there is not another opportunity like the NIH Regional Seminars to  interact with this many experts, ready to provide you with the latest policy  and process news first-hand.

Details available:  ‘The Coalition, Inc.’  group

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How to recession  proof your business with smart marketing!

Are you tired of  hearing about the recession?  Fewer  openings, more layoffs and everyone wants more for less.  This is a perfect time to get smart about  your marketing and recession proof your business.

Small Business  Expert Melinda Emerson will help you learn sure-fire ways to boost your  business in a recession.  This veteran  entrepreneur knows exactly what you go through every day as the owner of a  small business.  Hundreds of small  business owners have grown their businesses based on her proven coaching  techniques.  She’ll discuss how to  build the case for why you're important to your current clients -- and to  build your bridge to the next niche opportunity.

Wednesday, March 4,  2009

5:30 p.m. to 7:30  p.m.

1441 Sansom Street,  Suite 300


Develop a MARKETING  Plan that Works

Without an  effective marketing plan, your business will fail in a struggling economy.  Learn an easy-to-implement formula to put together a plan that works so you  can reach your business goals. Fastest way to generate business now!

·       Simple formula to create a rock solid marketing plan

·       The best way to market to your favorite type of  client.


·       The 3 components of any sale.

·       The #1 most important piece of the sales process.

·       Exactly where to find people who want to do business  with you.



Business owners and  solo entrepreneurs who want to learn how to succeed in a rough economy or  want to move to the next level of success.

To register,  contact 215-790-5000 or e-mail  by Monday, March 2, 2009.

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Faith  Institute of Entrepreneurship


Grant Alert,  February, 2009

Things are heating  up. With the expected passage of the economic stimulus plan, grant activity  and non-profit funding opportunities will fan the flame even more. Our  President has acknowledged the need for non-profit and faith based  organizations to assist the Federal Government in changing and saving lives.  This is a grant alert edition because the grants below are vital for training  youth and adults, and these grants are due this month. If you do not have a  grant writer, join us on February 28, 2009 (see information below) for grant  writing and fundraising training.


If you know of  other organizations that would benefit from this newsletter, send them a  copy. For more grants and additional grant information call us at (301)  574-2226.


D. Harold Greene

Faith Institute of  Entrepreneurship, Inc.


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The Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant


Pennsylvania Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program


The Department of  Environmental Protection (Department) announces an upcoming grant opportunity  for small businesses undertaking energy efficiency projects. The Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program provides a 25% matching grant, to a  maximum award of $25,000, to enable a small business in this Commonwealth to  purchase and install energy efficient equipment or processes that will result  in improved energy efficiency.


An eligible  applicant must be an independent for-profit small business with 100 employees  or less whose business or facility is located within this Commonwealth.  Examples of small businesses in this Commonwealth that are eligible include  manufacturers, retailers, service providers, mining businesses and  agricultural operations. The project to which the grant will apply must save  the small business at least 20% annually in energy related expenses with a  minimum dollar savings of at least $1,000 per year. Only project costs  incurred after the grant opening date of January 12, 2009, will be eligible.


For questions  regarding the eligibility of projects, visit the grant's web site at  CLICK  HERE


(DEP Keyword: Small  Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program) or contact Dave Barnes, Office of  Energy and Technology Deployment, Small Business Ombudsman's Office at (717)  783-84111 or  before submitting an application.


For assistance in  submitting an application, persons may also contact the Small Business  Development Center's Environmental Management Assistance Program, EMAP, at www.askemap.orgCLICK  HERE or (877) 275-3627 or the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program,  PennTAP, at  or CLICK  HERE   or

(814) 865-0427.


The grant  application and guideline package are available on the Department's web site  at  CLICK  HERE (DEP Keyword: Small Business Energy Efficiency). The application  package contains the materials and instructions necessary for applying for a  grant. Applications will also be available by contacting the Department of  Environmental Protection, Office of Energy and Technology Deployment, 15th  Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box  8772, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772 or

(717) 783-8411.


The Department  began accepting applications on January 12, 2009, and applications must be  postmarked or hand delivered to the Department betfore May 1, 2009. Grants  will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. A  total of $3 million is available for this grant round.

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Self-Empowering Job Readiness Workshops


You've given your  students/clients the knowledge and skills. The question now becomes-  "Can they SELL themselves?"

We're pleased to  announce that Love Movement Video has added a 5th  "Self Empowerment" workshop.

Our "Job  Readiness' workshop focuses on the following goals for the participants

A. To feel more comfortable  and confident while job hunting

B. Learning how to develop a career

C. Incorporating video technology in job searches

D. Developing Positive life Skills


The interactive  workshops consist of:



Practicing  Techniques

Video Taping Mock  Interviews


Topics covered in workshops:

-Reading the want ads

-Dressing for success

-Setting up Interviews


-Frequently asked questions

-Body Language

-Managing work expenses

-Sales and selling yourself

-Creating your own niche


For info on the  other available workshops click  the  link


IF your students or  clients can benefit from any of our "Self Empowerment" workshops  give me a call or an e-mail

Bernard D. Miller


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It is with great pleasure that The  Merchants Fund announces the

availability of $500,000 for ReStore  Retail Incentive Grants. 


*       Grants must  have at least two primary partners:  a  community

not-for-profit who will act as the grant and project  manager and a

future or current retail business owner.   New ventures and existing

businesses are welcome to apply.

*       The goal is  to upgrade or establish high quality retail in the

neighborhoods of Philadelphia.  Identified businesses should fulfill

neighborhood development plans.  Businesses must be located adjacent to or on a commercial  corridor.

*       It is  anticipated that 10 grants of $50,000 each will be made.

Grants will pay for capital improvements necessary to fit  out a retail

space for the identified business. Requests for operating  or working

capital will not be considered.  Grants will be very competitive and are

last dollar funds.   Partners will have to demonstrate the ability to

fund the entire project from start to finish including the  Incentive




*       Proposals  Due On Friday, February 27th

*       Decisions  within two to three weeks based on response volume

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Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants


NEA Foundation  Accepting Applications for Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership  Grants Programs

Deadline: October  15, 2009

The NEA Foundation  (  supports a variety of efforts by teachers, education support professionals,  and higher education faculty and staff to improve student learning in public  schools, colleges, and universities across the United States.

The foundation is  accepting applications for the following grant programs:

The Learning &  Leadership Grants program provides opportunities for teachers, education  support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff to engage in  high-quality professional development and lead their colleagues in  professional growth.  Grants to  individuals fund participation in professional development experiences such  as summer institutes and action research. Grants to groups fund collegial  study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, and mentoring  experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is  $2,000 for individuals and $5,000 for groups.


The Student Achievement Grants program  provides grants of $5,000 each to improve the academic achievement of  students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen  knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve  students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.  Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with  honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly  encouraged. Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies,  equipment, transportation, software, and scholars-in-residence.

Applicants must be  practicing U.S. public school teachers in grades K-12, public school  education support professionals, or faculty and staff at public higher  education institutions.

Visit the NEA  Foundation Web site for complete grant program information.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs  in Education, visit:

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Quality  of Life Grant


Through the Quality  of Life Grant program, families that care for children and adults with autism  and other special needs may receive funding to offset their enormous  financial burdens. These grants provide families with stipends that may be  used for a wide variety of supports related to their family member.


To apply for funds



When Activist, attorney, NAACP president Cecil B. Moore  elected to launch an assault on the segregated institution of Girard College  in
 North Philadelphia, he recruited a bunch of neighborhood young people to be  his foot soldiers. What he didn’t know at the time was the seeds he planted  would grow into mighty trees that would carry his message of no compromise  attack on racism all over the country. Several of these activists, led by the  late ‘Freedom’ George Brower, eventually known as the Young Militants, are  now veterans of the movement and featured in the award-winning documentary  ‘At The Wall’ by Warren and Zilan Munas aired many times on Philly channel 35  WYBE.





An Afternoon of Poetry


Every second  Saturday of the month from 1 – 3 PM


Open Mike!

Serenity  Inspirational Gifts & Coffee


140 So. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA


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“Panoramic Poetry” is EVERY 2nd & 3rd  Friday of the Month YOU MUST request to read, it is a Feature ONLY  List

Poetry Set


Where:   “OCTOBER GALLERY” – 701 Market Street  Bldg., on the 3rd Floor. “Ross Dept. Store” on Market St. Level. Mellon  Center Bldg. This is Cheyney University’s Center City Campus. Room # 319...  Please enter from Market Street or 8th Street Side entrance. 


When:    Every 2nd  and 3rd Friday 


What:     “PANORAMIC POETRY” -  POETS doing their thing – LYRICAL SPIRITS getting down.  {To view Previous Performances}


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Community Of Compassion CDC

62nd Street and Cedar Avenue


Arts & Crafts like you’ve never seen  it!

Stampin’ up Craft Workshop

Hosted  by Monica Williams

The workshop includes:

·       Creating  Handbags, Jewelry

·       Embroidery

·       Greeting  Cards for family & friends

·       The use of  various stamping techniques that will challenge your creative side

Invite  your neighbors, family and friends

To sign up for these sessions

Contact Monica at 302.373.2813

Bro. Brahin Ahmaddiya 215.514.5535

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Jus’ Words at Dowlings Place

1310 No. Broad St.  Phila

Every Thurs. 9pm to  1am

·       Poets

·       Rappers

·       Singers

·       Spoken Word Artists

$5.00 cover





International  Women's Day


March  8, 2009 marks the 101st anniversary of International

Women's Day.  A dynamic coalition of women representing  a

number of diverse  communities has come together to plan

these events:



Hall, Room 400,  City Council will present a resolution in

honor of  International Women's Day, and we will have a

reception  afterwards.


SAVE THE DATE OF  SUNDAY, MARCH 8!  At 12 Noon, we will

rally at City Hall,  march down Broad Street with banners,

signs, songs and  chants, and continue the program with our

afternoon Speakout  and Cultural Performances, at 260 South

Broad Street.


Also, we are  compiling a calendar for Women's Herstory

Month.  Is your organization planning a program  you would

like listed in the  calendar?  If so, let us know!


For more  information email:

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Community-Campus Partnerships for Health  (CCPH)

is cosponsoring  this institute and we encourage your participation!



"Reciprocal  Partnerships: Transforming Higher Education and Community for the  Future"

May 18 & 19,  2009; Portland, Oregon

Registration: $200


CALL for Proposals  and REGISTRATION:  Proposals due: March 9, 2009

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5th Annual  Leadership Success Conference and Seminar at Sea
March 13-23, 2009
Location: Panama  Canal Cruise with stops in Haiti, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and the Grand  Cayman Islands. Travel aboard Royal Caribbean's "Jewel of the  Seas."

Relax and unwind while enjoying new destinations in the  company of old and new friends. Attend workshops especially designed to meet  your needs and interests.
 Call 215-877-4950 to request more information.

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Citizenship Days –  pro bono Immigration attorneys will be on hand to assist in the preparation  of naturalization applications and fee waivers


Philadelphia and  State College –

Saturday April 18th

Allentown – Sunday  April 19th


PICC's First State  Lobby Day will be May 5th, in Harrisburg.


Pennsylvania  Immigration & Citizenship Coalition

2100 Arch Street,  7th Floor

Philadelphia, PA  19103


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Legs  Against Arms III


5K race and  celebration aims to reduce violence

On April 26th,

Physicians for Social Responsibility will  host Legs Against Arms III, a

5K Run/Walk,

to strengthen legs  while opposing illegal handguns in our city.   Individuals, families and teams are encouraged to participate as  activists and advocates for a future filled with hope, not harm.

Trish McDermott was  murdered in 2005 and her family wanted to celebrate her life, rather than her  traumatic death. PSR and Team Trish invite you to get a team together to  honor and celebrate the life of a loved one lost to violence while supporting  PSR’s work to reduce violence in Philadelphia. The largest team will receive  the Team Trish Award in her honor.

Registration for  the event starts at 7am at La Salle University.

The race begins at  8:30am, followed by a celebration of youth, which is free for all.

For more details or  to register, click HERE,  or email  or call Kate at 215-765-8703.

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DATE:   Saturday & Sunday, March 28 & 29  (rain or shine)

TIME:   11am ­ 3pm

PLACE:  Cedarbrook Middle School

300 Longfellow  Road, Wyncote, PA

COST:   $1.00 per pound (ethical recycling fee)

CONTACT:,  215.208.1613


Nothing we collect  will be tipped into landfills, incinerated as solid

waste, or dumped in  developing countries!



Televisions,  Computers, Monitors, Keyboards, Drives, Cables, Cords,

Peripherals, Fax  Machines, Scanners, Laptops, Stereo Equipment, Speakers, CD & DVD  Players, Telephones, Remote Controls, VCR's, Projectors,  Digital Cameras, PDAs, Speakers, Radios,  Answering Machines, Camcorders, Electric Typewriters, Video Game Systems,  Pagers,  Microwaves, Toasters, USB  Media, Magnetic Media,Zip Disks, Audio Tapes, Floppy Diskettes, Ink  Cartridges, etc.


This event is part  of Christopher Swain¹s TOXTOUR, an environmental

education campaign  designed to improve the health of our oceans and our world.

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Free Computer Lab Workshops

In our workshops,  adults and teens will learn to use the mouse and keyboard like a pro. You can  create a free email account, practice searching the web for the information  or recreation, fill out online job applications, and receive practical advice  from a live instructor.

Lucien E. Blackwell

West Philadelphia  Regional Library

125 So. 52nd  Street

Philadelphia, PA



For more  information, visit our website at

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Free Online Computer Instruction

See ‘Archives’ at


Free Computers For Schools
 (800) 939-6000
 Willie Cade, CEO
 Computers for Schools
 773-583-7575 Office
 773-583-7585 Fax





Our new group A HAND  UP! Is now open, please go to:



In response to the needs of many grassroots organizations  for the basic tools to implement and sustain their ideas and projects, The  Coalition, Inc. members have come together to establish a network to  facilitate the distribution/re-distribution of unwanted, unneeded, surplus  and even repairable items for recycling.

·       If you have office supplies, electronics, office  furniture, you are updating, or no longer use, free up that space by offering  them to someone who can get good use from it.

·       If you have office space you do not have an immediate  use for, offer it to home-based organizations for a few hours a week as a  meeting place.

·       If you have special skills such as grant/proposal  writing, website design/maintenance, or computer skills, please Contact Us share  your expertise and educate others.

·       If your organization offers aid to the less fortunate  such as meals,

clothing, resume' writing, job  search, SAT/LSAT coaching, GED classes, scholarship help etc., share it Here


To join The Coalition go to: and  download a copy of the Pledge of Commitment and return it to us


Those in need of particular equipment, furnishings or  supplies are encouraged to join to this group (A HAND UP!) to inquire if others  are able to assist.


Any group or individual may make donations, but  individuals who wish to request donations must do so through a member  organization.

Organizations are encouraged to post notices of ongoing  or special community service programs that are open to the public i.e. Food  Banks; seasonal clothing/toys; fuel programs, etc.

To post: Mail  To:


You may also offer or make requests anonymously through  the group moderators who will arrange pick up/delivery via a third party.

If you wish to assist others by making transportation  available for pickups or deliveries, please let a group moderator know.

To  join: A Hand Up!



Free  Taxes Prepared


Masjid Muhammad


414 East Penn  St

Philadelphia,  PA 19144


Saturdays – 10  A.M – 2 P. M.

January 24 – April 18, 2009

More details: The Coalition, Inc. Group

For More  Information Call 215-350-1570

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Remember to support The Coalition, Inc.’s on-air  personalities…

NEW TIME! Straight Up WORD with Dr. John Elliott Churchville, Senior Pastor of The  Liberation Fellowship Church of Jesus, on WNWR 1540 AM, Sundays at 9:30am.  Dr. Churchville will explore the Holy Scriptures verse by verse for your  spiritual and practical edification, and “...liberation of the oppressed, and  social justice for the poor.”


WELCOME BACK! Civil Alert World with Brother Sabir Bey Saturdays 5:30pm to 6:30pm on WNJC  1360 AM. Also listen in on WKDU 91.7 AM Friday, 12am to 3am


Sister Phile Chionesu,  organizer of the Million Woman March, Saturdays 10:30pm to 12am on Blog Talk  Radio

“Nu Day  Resurrection and Liberation" Show 

Call in and give your thoughts, comments, opinions at  1-646-652-2232 

or send an instant message to chat on  line.  





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